The City of Hamilton has now opened up the bus operator recruitment page and is accepting applications to become a transit operator. There is a small window to submit an application, and the process can be easily completed through the city website.
The city will be accepting applications from today, Thursday, December 18th, 2014 until Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.
Who can apply:
To be eligible for a Bus Operator position, you must meet the following criteria at time of application:
- Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.
- Possess a clean and clear driving record for three years (no demerit points and/or no infractions) previous to the application and at the time of hire, and a valid driver’s licence – Class ‘G’. (Candidate’s must provide a recent copy of a driver’s abstract upon request. Driver abstracts cannot be older than 14 days upon submission.)
- Recent demonstrated experience working with the public, normally acquired through substantial and direct customer service experience which would include conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, interpersonal communication and problem solving.
- Thrive in a minimally supervised environment.
- Capable of obtaining a Class “B” license. (In order to determine eligibility for a Class “B” license, HSR is required to examine the medical results and the criminal record of applicants being considered for hire as a bus operator, as per Reg. 462 H.T.A.).
With the Bus Lane in the crosshairs, another transit project has been axed after being put to a vote.
Binbrook TransCab, which started up just over a year ago, will end in the coming months after the results of a public meeting and citizen survey. The results were announced at a public meeting held at the Glanbrook Municipal Building on Wednesday night.
TransCab is an extension of regular bus service that is operated by taxi. Transit users are shuttled from the community of Binbrook to 44 RYMAL buses at Rymal near Upper Centennial by taxi for a 50 cent addition to the regular fare.
“I was really hoping it would pass,” Ward 11 Councillor Brenda Johnson tweeted on Wednesday night after being asked for the results of the survey. “Binbrook residents voted 2-1 not to continue transcab.”
Effective Saturday, December 13th, 2014 and Sunday, December 14th, 2014 from approximately 8:00AM to 6:00PM daily, James Mountain Road will be closed due to construction. As a result, routes 21 UPPER KENILWORTH, 33 SANATORIUM and 35 COLLEGE will be on detour during these times.
The route detours are as follows below:
In response to neighbourhood complaints relating to negative impacts the stop was having on various properties, the stop on Garden opposite Miller was taken out of service for a 60 day trial period. Transit customer feedback during the trial period was minimal and as such, the stop has now been permanently taken out of service.
The bus stop on Fiddler’s Green at Garden, northeast corner, is located in close proximity and remains in service.
As per HSR policy, customers can request a “Request Stop” in a safe area, during prescribed hours, when alighting from the #16 bus.
The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Winter 2014 edition of their quarterly Bus News. There are minor changes to the schedules of many routes.
Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday December 28th, 2014.
Did you know that you can now purchase and reload your PRESTO card at local Fortinos stores in Hamilton?
As of Monday November 3rd, transit users can now go to any of our local Hamilton area Fortinos and purchase or load a PRESTO card. This gives transit users an additional nine (9) convenient locations to take care of their transit needs.
And, for a limited time at Fortinos, you can buy a $20 pre-loaded PRESTO card and the $6 fee is covered.
You can get your PRESTO card at one of the following locations:
The Santa Claus Parade will be held in Stoney Creek on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. The parade will result in the total closure of King Street between Centennial Pkwy and Grays Road from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Grays Road between Highway # 8 and King Street will also be closed as a result of the parade from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The City of Hamilton is planning to extend the operating hours of the passenger waiting building in the downtown core soon. The building at the MacNab Transit Terminal on MacNab Street between King and Main Streets will stay open later starting December 1st.
“We will be extending the hours of operation at the terminal until 1:30am Monday through Saturday and until 12:00am on Sundays and holidays,” confirmed Kelly Anderson, Communications Officer for the public works department at the city. “Staff are in the process of getting new signage for the doors to display these winter hours.”
The extended hours will start on December 1st and run until March 31st.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping for a very brief visit to the Hamilton area on Sunday, November 30th, 2014. The CP Holiday Train is decorated with thousands of Christmas Lights and supports local food banks. As a result of the train visit, the following roads will be closed to all traffic for several hours, from approximately 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM:
- Gage Avenue between Cumberland Avenue and Lawrence Road
- Lawrence Road between Gage Avenue and Ottawa Street
The 2014 Hamilton Santa Claus parade will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The parade will assemble on Cannon Street between Bay and Queen and on Queen Street, between York and King, with the road closures starting earlier this year at 12:00 PM.
At 1:45 PM, the parade will leave York and Queen and travel south on Queen to Main. The official start of the parade is at the intersection of Queen and Main at 2:00 PM and the parade will continue east on Main, north on John, west on King Street (north side) and north on Bay. The parade will disperse on Bay between King and York at approximately 4:30 PM.
As a result of the parade, the following road closures and times will be in effect:
- Cannon Street between Bay and Queen between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM
- Queen Street between York and Main between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
- Bay Street between Cannon and Main between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
- Main Street between Queen and John between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
- John Street between Main and King between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
- King Street between Queen and John between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.